Chances are if you are chronically sick with allergies, stuffy and runny nose, and sinus congestion there’s a very good chance that you have developed at some little red sores or blisters around the edges or inside your nostrils.
A common misconception is that these red blisters come from too much nose blowing or using scratchy and rough tissues. While that could potentially cause some dry or chapped skin, it does not contribute directly to having sores or blisters develop in your nose.
The majority of those who experience these symptoms have likely developed a condition called Impetigo which happens when bacteria decide they like living in your nose just a little too much and get out of hand.
This bacteria that causes these blisters are either typically streptococcus (strep) or staphylococcus bacteria and are responsible for many other problems and infections, such as strep throat and other related illnesses.
These sores, also called blisters or lesions are usually red in nature and are often “crusty” with a yellowish pus. They can be large or they can be small. They’re not only gross looking, but you’re going to need to see a doctor to get them to go away because they are cause by bacteria and thus need antibiotics or the infection will likely get worse. Some doctors may try oral antibiotics in conjunction with an antibiotic cream to help combat the infection.
If you’re suffering from this becoming a recurring problem, especially in the months where your cold and allergy symptoms are at their worst, the best thing to do is try and prevent it as much as possible after you see a doctor for treatment. It can be difficult to keep your body free of germs, especially during cold and flu season, but if you follow some of the tips below you’ll see that it may potentially help:
Eat Well: The first thing to do is eat a healthy and well balanced diet to help your body resist infection more easily. Your ability to fight infection relies heavily on your body getting the nutrients it needs. Talking to your doctor can help you determine what vitamins may be helpful, but usually it is best to eat a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, protein, and dairy to ensure all of your dietary needs are met.
Avoid Allergy Triggers: You will also want to try and avoid or eliminate and potential triggers which may be causing a lot of allergies and therefore mucous to build up in your sinuses and nose. Because impetigo develops from mucous, the less you trigger your allergies the better.
Practice Hand Washing: Many people do not realize the importance of hand washing or making sure you wash your hands properly. Always use hot water and soap and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Some parents teach their kids proper hand washing by having them since a song while they do it.
Talk to Your Doctor: Recurring infections can sometimes be a sign of another problem – for example you may have hair follicles in your nose which are becoming infected or it could even potentially be due to the herpes virus. If need be, visit an ear, nose, and throat specialist (also known as an ENT) who may be able to pinpoint the exact cause of why it continues to happen.